Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

Gilas Pilipinas Girls guard Janine Pontejos within the Asian Video games.–SBP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Gilas Pilipinas suffered its first loss within the nineteenth Asian Video games ladies’s basketball match, working right into a well-oiled Japan aspect, 96-59, on Sunday night time.

Saddled by an error-filled first quarter, Gilas hardly stood an opportunity in opposition to just about the identical Akatsuki 5 that completed 2nd within the Girls’s Asia Cup in Sydney, Australia, earlier this yr.

The Nationals have been additionally unable to give you a response to the Japanese’ early torrid capturing that gave them an enormous 35-14 cushion within the first interval which ultimately proved helpful as the sport at Hangzhou Olympic Centre Gymnasium plodded alongside.

Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 group within the Asian Video games males’s basketballl 3×3 competitors. –SBP

Janine Pontejos had 13 factors whereas Chack Cabinbin and Jack Danielle Animam completed with 9 every within the effort that had Gilas dropping to 2-1 in Group B.

Japan used its cohesion to the hilt, accounting for 33 assists whereas hitting 14 triples for an ideal 3-0 end in the identical group.

Gilas saved it shut within the second quarter, scoring 12 in opposition to the Akatsuki’s 15. However with a niche so massive and Afril Bernardino tweaking her left leg, Pat Aquino and the remainder of the Nationals opted to make use of the sport to organize for the quarterfinals.

With the 2 blowouts of Kazakhstan and Hong Kong, the Philippines is just about assured of a spot within the closing eight.

Gilas plunges again into motion on Monday in opposition to a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

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